Jerome Joseph Emmer, 79
Joseph Emmer, 79, was born into Eternal Life Sept. 13, 2010, of
complications related to pulmonary hypertension.
He was a devoted family man and beloved husband of the late Caroline (nee
Weninger) and sweetheart to Valencia Purucker for the past 27 years.
Loving father of Debra (special friend, Mark) Emmer, James (Mary Beth)
Emmer and Margaret (Doug) Stoffel. Dearest grandpa of Jennifer, Natalie,
Cody, Laura, DJ, Kirk and Kara. Fond brother of Shirley (Roman) Stoffel
and the late Melvin (Betty) Emmer. Further survived by many other
relatives and friends.
Jerome was born on Jan. 26, 1931, in the town of Allenton. He grew up on
the dairy farm he purchased from his parents, Joseph and Gertrude, in
1957, and actively farmed until his retirement in 1996. Jerome innovated
in the farming industry, practicing erosion control grass waterways
including contour strip farming, and he also become one of the first area
farmers to have a stand-alone outside silo and auger feeding system, as
well as a barn cleaner system. In the mid 1960s, Jerome earned the
Wisconsin Outstanding Farmers Award for his impressive efforts and in
2008, he received the honorable Century Farm Award from the Wisconsin
Jerome loved working with farm animals and raising bountiful crops. On
several occasions, he expressed his amazement at this year’s corn crop
producing two large cobs per stalk from the excellent growing season.
Jerome always enjoyed good food and drink, reading the paper, attending
his grandchildren’s activities, fishing, feeding his barn cats, playing
Sheepshead and visiting with friends. He made for a wonderful cook and
party host, and no one went hungry or thirsty in his presence.
With a great desire to stay socially active, Jerome was a member of the
Allenton Fire Department, Senior Friends in Hartford and the West Bend
Jerome always kept a positive outlook on life and by his example, taught
us all the value of hard work, integrity and self-reliance. Naming his
family as his "greatest asset," Jerome will be greatly missed
and never forgotten. As Jerome would say, with a twinkle of his blue eyes,
and a strong-handed wave, "Make ’er good."
A Mass of Christian burial for Jerome will be at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday,
Sept. 18, at Resurrection Parish, 215 Main St., Allenton, with the Revs.
Joseph Dominic and Richard Stoffel presiding. Visitation will be at the
church only from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will take place at
Sacred Heart Cemetery in Allenton.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.